Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum consists of the units outlined below. These cover a range of topic areas and opportunities for students to acquire good quality practical skills. There are regular combined topic assessments throughout the year that focus on acquisition of knowledge and key skills. Pupils will develop their understanding of key scientific topics and continue to build on their practical work throughout this key stage.

Assessment: All assessments are completed in class under controlled conditions in order to build up vital skills required for success at GCSE level. Pupils are made aware of what they are being assessed on and how they are assessed early on in the unit.  These assessments are based on 3 Assessment Objectives (AO’s) which have been devised from the GCSE specifications, a copy if which can be found at the front of your child’s exercise book. Acquisition of skills follows the Abbey College Emerging through to Mastery form of assessment.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students continue to develop their skills and study key topics in greater depth, further developing their understanding of scientific concepts. Across the key stage, science is taught discretely in 3 main topic areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Alongside practical work which develops the investigative skills of our students.
AT Abbey College we run 2 courses at GCSE.
GCSE separate sciences where 3 science GCSE grades are attained one each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and Science A and Additional science where 2 separate GCSE grades are attained.

Assessment: GCSE Core science is 75% examination consisting of 2 Unit 1 papers in biology, chemistry and physics worth 25% each and 25% controlled assessment
Additional science is 75% examination consisting of 3 unit 2 papers in biology, chemistry and physics worth 25% and 25% controlled assessment.
Separate science GCSE’s are 75% examination consisting of 3 papers worth 25% each and 25% controlled assessment

The following table shows the topics studied, however we rotate topics between groups and these are just an example. More detailed curriculum plans of the programme of study for particular groups are also available on the website.

Overview of topics being studied

YearAutumnSpringSummer
7 Introduction to science
Acids and Alkalis
Zoology
Simple chemical reactions
Forces
Energy
Botany
Electricity
Earth sciences
Matter
Cellular biology
8 Practical skills in science
Medical science
Fundamentals of chemistry
Magnetism
Biochemistry
Particle chemistry
Ecology
Patterns of reactivity
Light and Sound
Properties of matter
Electricity
Forces, movement and motion
Extended projects
9 Analytical chemistry
Genetics
Industrial chemistry

Energy resources
Environmental chemistry
Astronomy

Neurobiology
Key stage 3 examination
Key stage 4 preparation
10 Biology 1 Chemistry 1 Physics 1 Biology 2 Chemistry 2 Physics 2
11

Biology 2 Physics 2

Chemistry 2 ISA controlled assessment Revision programme